Bid for a home Thurrock. Finding somewhere to live

Home Bidding Thurrock

Finding somewhere to live

Bid for a home Thurrock. Home Bidding Thurrock.

Bidding for a council property

By ‘bid’ we simply mean to apply for a property by making an ‘expression of interest’.

We advertise council and housing association properties online each week.

Adverts show:

  • the property area
  • property type
  • number of bedrooms
  • who can bid

You can bid for the property of your choice.

Some applicants are given priority because they need to move urgently – bidding for certain properties may be restricted to them.

How to bid

You can read adverts and make an expression of interest for properties by logging in to our council housing services.

Council housing services online

Home Bidding Thurrock.The bidding cycle

The bidding cycle starts on a Thursday morning and ends at midnight on the following Monday.

It makes no difference when in the cycle you place your bid as bids are ranked according to priority.

You can check your position in the queue and change your bids at any time before midnight on the Monday.

You can only bid for up to 2 properties each week.

Some weeks there will be no properties for you to bid on.

This could be because:

  • there are no properties with the right number of bedrooms for your application type
  • your application is suspended as you have been shortlisted for another property
  • your application has been cancelled as you no longer qualify

The chance of your bid succeeding

The chance of your bid succeeding depends on a number of factors.

You may have to wait many years for a bid to be successful. When you bid for a property:

  • the system will tell you your current position in the queue of bidders for that property
  • your position may change as other people bid for the same property after you

We publish tables showing:

  • bids for properties that have been advertised
  • how long the successful bidders had been on the waiting list

You can see details of all the bids you have placed and your final queue position by logging in to our council housing services online and looking at your historic bids.

Bid for a home Thurrock  After you bid

Each Tuesday morning, after the time for bidding has closed, we start to shortlist applicants for properties according to their priority.

Just because you are the top bidder does not mean you will get the property.

Some people at the top of the list will not be successful because either the property is unsuitable for them or they don’t qualify.

Bid for a home Thurrock  Successful bidders

If your bid is in the top 6 of our successful shortlist for a property, we will call and send you a message asking for documents that prove that you qualify.

You must provide your documents within 2 working days, otherwise we will offer the property to someone else on the shortlist.

Original documents must be brought into our Civic Offices in New Road, Grays, where they will be scanned and returned to you.

Photocopies of documents will not be accepted.

Bid for a home Thurrock  Viewing

We will contact you to make an appointment for you to see the property with one of our estate officers.

Allthough there may be a delay before the appointment is made .

As for instance, if the property’s estimated availability date, as shown in the advert, is more than a week away.

Sometimes we will show more than 1 person around the property at the same time.

If this happens you will be told if you are bidder number 1, 2 or 3.

The property will always be offered to the number 1 bidder first, then to number 2, and so on.

Paying rent and moving in

If you are offered the property you must pay 4 weeks’ rent in advance.

You must make the payment using a debit or credit card when you look at the property.

The next bidder will be offered the property if you cannot pay at the time.

You may not have to pay the full 4 weeks’ rent in advance if you are already receiving housing benefit, or can show that you will be entitled to housing benefit.

Once you have paid the rent in advance you will be able to sign a tenancy agreement.

You will get the keys and can make arrangements to move into the property.

If you want to join the transfer list you will need to start a new application using the same application number and memorable date.

Only secure tenants can join the transfer list.

Bid for a home Thurrock

Apply to buy your home

The government’s Right to Buy: Own Your Home website describes how the scheme works.

You apply to buy your home by completing an application form either online or downloaded from the government’s website.

HM Government: Right to Buy application

We will write back to you within 4 weeks, or 8 weeks .

Which  if you have had tenancies with other landlords during your qualifying period.

As a result we will tell you if we approve your application, giving you an explanation if we do not approve it.

If you have the right to buy, we will arrange to have the property valued.

Then Finally we send you an offer of sale.

Which includes the price and some information about the service charges that you will have to pay once you buy.

We can guide you through the Right to Buy process.

Signed completed forms should be sent to the address below.

Enquiries can be sent to us by email.

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